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Funding Opportunities at the Community Foundation

Every year, the Community Foundation of Central Wisconsin awards grants to local charitable organizations and programs that work to benefit community needs throughout Portage and Waushara Counties. 

Last October, the Community Foundation awarded nearly $250,000 to 49 different programs benefiting 38 charitable organizations. The financial support the Community Foundation provides is only a fraction of what these programs need to offer services that help so many people throughout our area. 

Below is a list of the program that still need further financial assistance. If you see a program that you would like to support, please contact our Grants & Scholarships Coordinator, Marlee Bokhoven at or call her at 715-342-4454 to learn how you can help.

Assumption Catholic Schools - School Technology
Provide technology to 18 students at Assumption Catholic Schools to help grow their individual development with technology. Amount needed: $5,094.18

Central Wisconsin’s Children’s Museum - Life in a Marsh
An exhibit built around a Trumpeter Swan mount will provide opportunities for children & their grownups to build an understanding of related environmental and sustainability challenges in Wisconsin. Amount needed: $6,630

Justiceworks – Shifting Gears Community Service Program
Seeking to purchase an enclosed trailer which will allow staff and volunteers to take completed bicycles out into the community for “Pop-Up Sales” for the Shifting Gears program. Amount needed: $4,000

Portage County Business Council – Talent Development Programs
We know Portage County is a great place to grow, work, play, and retire and our programs are designed to enhance leadership and career development education in the community. This financial request encompasses three programs and events; 1. Class of 2020 Leadership Portage County Full Scholarships 2. Leadership Portage County's Class of 2019 Graduation Celebration 3. 2019 Partners in Education Social & Golden Apple Awards. Amount Needed: $7,175

Stevens Point Barbershoppers – Harvest of Harmony
The Stevens Point Barbershoppers put on an annual show every year show casing their talents and talents of other Barbershop groups brought in. The show is an opportunity for the chapter to showcase its talents in singing 4-part a cappella singing for a general audience. Amount Needed: $1,000

UW-Extension - Money as you grow Book Club
The program will use books and activities for children at Boys & Girls Clubs After-school Programs with K-3rd graders. The books feature children learning about earning, spending, and saving money. Amount Needed: $1,800

UW-Extension - Strong Bodies
Strong Bodies™, is a national evidence based exercise program targeted to midlife and older people. The program helps maintain muscle mass, strength and function as they age. Amount Needed: $2,500

UWSP – Enhancing Education with the Planetarium 
We seek to establish a fund for Portage County public schools to cover travel and program fees, increasing their participation by 250% over the next three years. We also seek funding for upgrading with a digital projector, expanding the quality and array of programs offered. Amount Needed: $191,613

Be Still Retreats – Day Cabins
Our Day Cabins will provide free of charge a place for local clergy leadership, their support staff, other ministry leaders/teams, and other Christian groups or individuals. Our project is very simple: we have $30,000 expense of the tiny home and a $3,000 expense of plumbing and electrical. Amount Needed: $33,000

Boys & Girls Club of Portage County- Rosholt & Junction City Sites 
         Amount Remaining after grant(s): $9,000

CAP Services – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance in Portage & Waushara County
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $6,000

Central Rivers Farmshed – 2019 Local Food Fair
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $700

Creative Caring Hearts – Layettes
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $1,750

Midwest Renewable Energy Association – Foster leadership through SolSmart Designation
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $3,600

Opera for the Young – “Super Storm”
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $500

Operation Bootstrap – Shelter, Utility, Transportation, Food & Household Necessities
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $25,000

Reading First!
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $3,000

Riverfront Jazz Festival
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $500

St Vincent de Paul Community Center – Healthy Food Helps build a strong community
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $3,000

Twelve Apostles Musky Club
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $3,000

Woodlands Church – Spring into Action 2019
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $5,000

YMCA – Hmong Healthy Connections       
Amount Remaining after grant(s): $2,000


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